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1 Ruthless Crime Lord, 20 Elite Cops, 30 Floors of Hell
Deep in the heart of Jakarta's slums lies an impenetrable safe house for the world's most dangerous killers and gangsters. Until now, the run-down apartment block has been considered untouchable to even the bravest of police. Cloaked under the cover of pre-dawn darkness and silence, an elite swat team is tasked with raiding the safe house in order to take down the notorious drug lord that runs it. But when a chance encounter with a spotter blows their cover and news of their assault reaches the drug lord, the building's lights are cut and all the exits blocked. Stranded on the sixth floor with no way out, the unit must fight their way through the city's worst to survive their mission. Starring Indonesian martial arts sensation Iko Uwais.
An elite squad of cops raid a ruthless-as-fuck drug lord's dungeon of death. A hyper-intense workout. Kissing your wife goodbye and hoping like fuck you will see her again. Headshot. Headshot. Headshot. Headshot. Catching a lucky break for a split-second. Hammer to the fuckin head. A bad lieutenant. A noble-as-fuck sergeant. A badass rookie with a secret agenda. Your last TV show. Shit-stained pants. The alarm of doom. The one honest guy in a building full of crazed fuckers. Hallway insanity. Mad fuckin Dog, the biggest fuckin Academy Award snub ever. Throwing a fucker out the window. A crazy-eyed fuck with a machete. Total darkness, then bullets every fuckin where. Guns take away the rush. Mad Dog vs.Sarge is like…
If Crocodile Dundee wielded action movies instead of knives, this is the movie he would hold up whenever some punk claimed to be wielding an action movie.
"That's not an action movie. THIS...is an action movie."
Un-Freakin-Believable Hyperactive Beatdowns!
Ball Busting Action!!!
Style over substance rules but who cares when the most brutal jaw-dropping fight scenes are an Eye-Popping, Balls to the Wall, Life or Death Spectacle!
Gratuitous Adrenalin Pumping Acts of Extreme Violence!
My face hurts from smiling for the last 100 minutes.
The Raid: Redemption lives up to the hype and is a very solid action flick that also presents interesting twists and character dynamics along the way. I found many similarities with the film Dredd (2012), which was another pleasant surprise . Writer/Director Gareth Evans perfectly nails the feeling of entrapment and of imminent danger, making the film a constant adrenaline rush. The fighting sequences are quite brutal, thrilling, inventive and very well choreographed. I had a sense of fatigue in a couple of them as they seemed too prolonged, but they were certainly entertaining to watch. Now onto The Raid 2!
Its stupefying, pulpy excess is best summed up by the fact that the credits include the role "Drug Lab Guard #21."
If an adrenaline rush could be visualized and put to film, it would be this movie. The fight scenes are incredibly well choreographed and the action is hard-hitting and relentless. Easily one of the best action movies of the last few years.
Lots of people dying. The director doesn't give us a reason to care one way or the other who lives. A few intense action scenes when the guns disappear, but mostly just blank brutality.
This is really my first experience with East Asian type action films. I haven’t seen any Bruce Lee or Jackie Chan action movies so seeing something like this has certainly been thrilling. So, please take into consideration my lack of expertise and context regarding a film such as this. Having said that, I think The Raid is very entertaining and although the larger context is not provided, in this case that’s ok as it’s simply a movie to sit back and enjoy.
The film opens with the main character Rama training for what we assume is this raid that is to come. He’s not alone, however, as most of his training occurs in the bedroom he shares with assumingly his…
Particularly ultraviolent Indonesian martial arts actioner is plenty fun for those of strong stomach. The 2012 Dredd is clearly about 80% based on this.
Amazing work from Evans. It's great to see his work once again (V/H/S 2, he directed my favourite sketch: Safe Haven). I was surprised to find this enjoyable despite the lack of a major story line, the fight scenes are all very well choreographed and the actors well rounded and understanding of what's going on at all times. Overall I would without a doubt, watch this again.
Parece muito com Dreed.
Here are a few things you may hear whilst watching The Raid.
Here are a few things you will not hear whilst watching The Raid.
'La La La'
'Mom, Dad, I think I'm gay'
'Let's all be gentlemen and settle this like civilized men by discussing how best to resolve the rampant drug problem in Jakarta'
'Can I have a hug?'
I can imagine the resultant conversations on The Late Review between the likes of Germaine Greer, Kirsty Wark and Paul Morley.
KW: So Germaine, what did you think of The Raid?
GG: Well I thought it was incredibly violent.
PM: Yes. And where was the characterization? I didn't care for…
So freakin good. Even better the second time. This movie's creepin it's way toward my top 10.
What The Raid: Redemption lacks in plot, it makes up for in stunningly choreographed action sequences, relentless thrills, and a gritty direction with plenty of blood and gore.
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